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Utah crushes Tulsa

Louie Sakoda kicked four field goals, defensive standout Eric Weddle ran for a touchdown and Utah matched the longest active bowl streak with its sixth straight postseason victory, 25-13, over Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl last night in Fort Worth .

The Utes (8-5) have won all of their bowl games since 1999, including two years ago when they were the first non-BCS team to play in the Bowl Championship Series and beat Pittsburgh, 35-7, in the Fiesta Bowl to cap an undefeated season. Boston College also has won six straight bowls.

Brett Ratliff was 23 of 34 passing for 240 yards and was credited with a 10-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter for the Utes, though it was actually a designed catch-and-pitch similar to a score in their Fiesta Bowl romp. Brian Hernandez caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage and pitched to Brent Casteel, who ran around the left end and leaped into the end zone.

Brent Smith scored on a pair of 1-yard keepers for Tulsa (8-5), which finished a once-promising season with its fourth loss in five games.

New Mexico Bowl: San Jose State 20, New Mexico 12 -- Adam Tafralis threw three touchdown passes and the Spartans (9-4) beat the Lobos in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, extending New Mexico's postseason drought to 45 years.

One big pass play by Tafralis and one costly fumble by the Lobos-- both in the first half -- set the tone for San Jose State's first bowl win outside of California.

New Mexico (6-7) hasn't won a bowl game since it beat Western Michigan in the 1961 Aviation Bowl and is 0-5 since 1997.

Tafralis threw scoring passes of 36 and 24 yards to James Jones and 76 yards to John Broussard. The pass to Broussard on the first play of the second quarter -- in which New Mexico's defense totally blew the coverage -- got the Spartans' offense rolling.

PapaJohns.com: South Florida 24, East Carolina 7 -- Benjamin Williams rushed for two first-half touchdowns to help lead the Bulls to a victory over the Pirates in the inaugural PapaJohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. It was South Florida's first bowl victory.

The Bulls (9-4) played the final two quarters of a scoreless second half without quarterback Matt Grothe. He was kicked in the right shin in the second quarter and returned only for the next and final series of the half, but the defense kept turning back East Carolina (7-6).

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